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Forum: Formation Flying 04-13-2021, 01:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 494
Posted By gblanck
The NorCal bonanza clinics are on for this year...

The NorCal bonanza clinics are on for this year and are open to other aircraft types (bonanza's, mooneys, tigers, currently registered). Basic clinic May 14th, advanced clinic June 2.



See:...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2021, 01:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 284
Posted By gblanck
Cut off disc in a dremel and smooth with a belt...

Cut off disc in a dremel and smooth with a belt sander.

Make sure you actually need to trim though- I was able to retrofit 2 of the seven star lamps into existing duckworks mount/holes in my rv8...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-13-2020, 05:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,643
Posted By gblanck
Any update

Any update from Garmin on a fix for the VNAV issue w/ v12.10?
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-29-2020, 11:24 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,997
Posted By gblanck
2011 QB has bolts installed

Verified my 2011 RV8 quickbuild fuselage came with bolts installed.

-Greg
Forum: West (and Southwest) 09-14-2020, 06:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 978
Posted By gblanck
From San Carlos (KSQL) you can walk or Uber to...

From San Carlos (KSQL) you can walk or Uber to the Caltrain station into San Francisco. If you want a car, Hans at San Carlos aviation has nice (Mercedes) rentals available, and can also arrange to...
Forum: GPS 09-08-2020, 11:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,061
Posted By gblanck
keep an eye on the GPS status page as it tries to...

keep an eye on the GPS status page as it tries to acquire. As long as you see it sequencing through satellites and showing signal strength (white bar graph on right side of gps status page) as it...
Forum: ADS-B 06-25-2020, 11:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,432
Posted By gblanck
works fine

I've been flying with the gtx23es on a non-touch G3x system since 2014, works fine. Enterring a new code does take a couple of button pushes more than a panel mounted unit. It's not ideal, but...
Forum: Midwest 06-13-2020, 10:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,304
Posted By gblanck
engines shop at KRVS

If you do go to KRVS, stop in and see Bill Cunningham at Powermaster Engines as well. He's primarily a continental 520/550 shop.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-25-2020, 02:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 779
Posted By gblanck
need a filter

I'm using these sucessfully in a few applications- controlling LED strips, seat heaters, and the G3x lighting bus.

For anything that needs a true analog level like the G3x, you need to filter the...
Forum: GPS 03-30-2020, 03:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,133
Posted By gblanck
thanks for the changelog Justin.

thanks for the changelog Justin.
Forum: GPS 03-28-2020, 03:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,133
Posted By gblanck
changes from older versions?

The service bulletin describes changes from v3.03 to v3.1. A unit we just updated hadn't been updated since it was installed and had v2.02. Are there change logs for releases between older versions...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2020, 06:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,740
Posted By gblanck
480 group moved to groups.io

The GNS480 Yahoo group has been moved to the groups.io forum due to Yahoo discontinuing many of their services. All of the content has been preserved. You can join here:...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-29-2020, 09:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,367
Posted By gblanck
The reliability issue's I've had are all...

The reliability issue's I've had are all mechanical- the rheostats physically coming apart after a while. Likely just from vibration and the way they're mounted with the weight of the dimmer PCB...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-28-2020, 04:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,367
Posted By gblanck
Yes- I used the 7A PWM dimmers from...

Yes- I used the 7A PWM dimmers from pilotlights.net with heater inserts from flyboys. Works nicely. I've had some mechanical reliability issues with the dimmers- suggest using the "remote" version so...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-26-2020, 11:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,253
Posted By gblanck
I've had the slotted ones on my rv8 cowl for 5+...

I've had the slotted ones on my rv8 cowl for 5+ years and happy with them, haven't had any issues with the screwdriver slipping. Also makes it easy to see they're all secured in the correct...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-23-2020, 02:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,494
Posted By gblanck
this was a common problem some time back-...

this was a common problem some time back- generally solved by holding the power button for some time (~10s) when turning power on.

I used to see this problem occasionally (mostly in my dual g5...
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-04-2019, 10:51 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 77,102
Posted By gblanck
Did the same thing!

If it's any comfort, I made exactly the same error in my build. I was fortunate that fellow builder Steve Riffe spotted it on my build log and sent me a note. Like you I was able to fix it easily...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-16-2019, 02:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,468
Posted By gblanck
Steve- It's been a few years. What I recall is...

Steve- It's been a few years. What I recall is that the threaded quadrant end was different than the standard Van's cable which required me to find a different fork as the standard aviation clevis...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-16-2019, 09:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,468
Posted By gblanck
another version

Here's the drawing (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sGGmQbVZOEx-AKuL53ogIk9TZeLvRDxf/view?usp=sharing) for the custom throttle cable McFarlane made for me. I've been using it for quite a while now,...
Forum: GPS 07-28-2019, 10:08 PM
Replies: 232
Views: 74,865
Posted By gblanck
tried it, worked

I had some quiet time in front of a 375 at Oshkosh. Was able pair BT to the unit and verified foreflight was able upload and download flight plans to the device. Other data feeds (wx, traffic)...
Forum: GPS 06-28-2019, 11:51 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 74,865
Posted By gblanck
install manual

Anyone have an installation manual available? Planning for an upgrade.
Forum: GPS 05-16-2019, 01:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,447
Posted By gblanck
480 group

Join the gns480 yahoo group here: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/gns480-users/info

The youtube video is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx8YKzktjI4&t=1s

Buy this battery:...
Forum: California 12-29-2018, 09:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 782
Posted By gblanck
Lee Apaka (teamlightaviation@gmail.com) in Rio...

Lee Apaka (teamlightaviation@gmail.com) in Rio Vista did ours.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-21-2018, 10:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,041
Posted By gblanck
eaa20 build

EAA chapter 20 has a project underway at KSQL. See: http://www.eaa20.org/young-aviators.html
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 08-28-2018, 11:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,421
Posted By gblanck
San Carlos has a hotel on the field and others...

San Carlos has a hotel on the field and others close by. Nice rental cars available from the pilot shop (and can arrange shuttles/tours as well, give Hans a call). CalTrain station is close by.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-18-2018, 06:18 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,031
Posted By gblanck
blue sea

This one has been working well for me, seems to charge better than the 2.1A adapter Spruce...
Forum: GPS 01-24-2018, 07:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,011
Posted By gblanck
345

As of the most recent firmware udpates for both the 650/750 and the Flightstream 510, data from the 345 now passes through the 650/750 via the FS510 into Foreflight. This didn't work until the last...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2017, 10:57 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,178
Posted By gblanck
PWM dimmers need a filter

I used the PWM dimmers to control G3x lighting- it didn't work well . Particularly at lower levels the display light level was unstable. Adding a simple RC filter solved the problem. PWM dimmers are...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-07-2017, 08:14 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 29,047
Posted By gblanck
I updated 3 airplanes today using a 4GB sd card,...

I updated 3 airplanes today using a 4GB sd card, no problems. It's really nice to finally have the Flight Stream 510 working properly (also reqiures FS510 firmware update).
Forum: GPS 09-25-2017, 10:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 926
Posted By gblanck
from Garmin

This has been discussed pretty actively on the 480 Yahoo group and Beechtalk. Here's a clarifying post from Trek Lawler @ Garmin:

Hello John,
There has been a great deal of confusion and reading...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-21-2017, 10:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,341
Posted By gblanck
4-into-1

I'm very happy with my AWI 4-into-1 on an IO-375 w/ cold-air sump.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2017, 10:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,457
Posted By gblanck
Ace in Palo Alto

Ace Fire & Equipment in Palo Alto does hydro tests
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2017, 10:32 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,163
Posted By gblanck
Same here. My 1975 A36 with turbo normalized 550...

Same here. My 1975 A36 with turbo normalized 550 has 1600lb useful load (4000 gross weight increase with the TN550) and plenty of CG range and performance to comfortably fly at that gross weight....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2017, 10:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,410
Posted By gblanck
Generally you need to activate some form of a new...

Generally you need to activate some form of a new flight plan, there's not really a notion of deleting the active plan. Lots of quick ways to create that new plan- FPL->EDIT to edit your current...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-17-2017, 11:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,034
Posted By gblanck
Dimmers

PWM dimmers like these (https://www.pilotlights.net/pwm-dimmer-12-vdc-high-power-7a-remote-rheostat)work great to control the seat heaters without needing the hi/low switch and relay that comes with...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-27-2016, 10:41 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 17,299
Posted By gblanck
SQL visit

Exciting!

Glad to see you'll be stopping over in San Carlos, CA. I'll be happy to get you in to a hangar for your stay, help out if you need any services, oil change, etc. while you're there. PM or...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-20-2016, 08:08 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 12,417
Posted By gblanck
failure before 1st flight, solid after that

My VP-X pro failed while I was still building. One of the two controllers died, unit wouldn't talk to the EFIS and switch inputs on that controller didn't work. VP-x (prior to their sale) fixed under...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 08-14-2016, 12:10 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 14,453
Posted By gblanck
I have the same setup- low compression IO-375 and...

I have the same setup- low compression IO-375 and dual pmags in my RV-8 and don't see CHTs nearly that high using the standard setup. Looks like you're spending some time in NorCal, stop by KSQL...
Forum: Reviews 05-14-2016, 10:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,664
Posted By gblanck
Old Republic has been covering my bonanza for...

Old Republic has been covering my bonanza for quite a while- no issues. I had a small claim for some hangar rash in 2008 and I was very happy with how they handled it- easy and efficient.

My broker...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-12-2016, 01:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,674
Posted By gblanck
drone adsb

It's not quite that yet, but here's an example of what's coming to the drone world: http://www.uavionix.com/products-2/ping2020/

-Greg
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-04-2016, 02:09 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 25,557
Posted By gblanck
GTX23es next?

I'm really happy to see this!

Any hope that transponder software updates (particularly GTX23es) will be able to follow the same process?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-27-2016, 09:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,396
Posted By gblanck
torque adapters

Torque adapters are another solution that I've found really useful in a lot of situations. They're basically 2" long versions of the crows foot with a fairly thin profile. Available from Snap-on,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2015, 12:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,921
Posted By gblanck
I don't have the dimensions offhand, but used a...

I don't have the dimensions offhand, but used a bent stick in the rear to get clearance from the front seat for an infinity grip.

Even with a fairly short throw and the bent stick it's still very...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-30-2015, 01:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,520
Posted By gblanck
I've had both the 200RV and 74RV on my IO-375...

I've had both the 200RV and 74RV on my IO-375 powered RV-8. I haven't done any credible performance comparisons, but gut feel is that performance is generally similar, 74RV seems to accelerate, climb...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-28-2015, 05:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,520
Posted By gblanck
No problem at all with the 74RV in an RV-8...

No problem at all with the 74RV in an RV-8 taildragger. I originally had the 200RV 72" blades and swapped to the 74RV, no complaints.
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-11-2015, 11:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,974
Posted By gblanck
probably not

I installed one on my RV8 (w/ G3x, VP-x & dual P-Mags). While the idea seemed good, I ended up with only two ground wires connected to it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-03-2015, 09:28 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 15,365
Posted By gblanck
A few years back a small group of us here in...

A few years back a small group of us here in California worked with Todd to buy three different canopies and share freight from Florida. It worked out great, saved us quite a bit on shipping, and I'm...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-05-2015, 11:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,110
Posted By gblanck
mounted on the longeron

Many have used rivnuts to the floor successfully.

I wanted the pump further out of the way, so fabricated a plate with a "clamp" style bracket that attaches to the lower longeron. This orients the...
Forum: ADS-B 08-23-2015, 01:07 PM
Replies: 283
Views: 128,968
Posted By gblanck
R820T

I had an R820T on hand and put together a Stratux receiver with it- seems to work just fine with reception comparable to my GDL39

-Greg
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-01-2015, 10:22 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 20,516
Posted By gblanck
exhaust ramp

Replace the factory aluminum exhaust ramp with a removable stainless piece, similar to what DanH documented in this thread (http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=117171).
Forum: Propellers 05-24-2015, 09:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,008
Posted By gblanck
yes

I have the 74RV prop on my RV-8 with the same engine- 195hp rated IO-375 w/ low compression pistons. I originally had the 200RV installed and had to replace it due to a prop strike, so went with the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-07-2015, 04:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,199
Posted By gblanck
Glo

I'm very happy with the work Glo Custom did on our RV-8, finished about 3 months ago. Image below, and more "in process" pictures at:...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-28-2015, 10:06 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,605
Posted By gblanck
thanks

Motivation to go fix whatever my wiring problem is from the GTN650 to my GTX23es I guess... Previously the only way to know that connection wasn't working was ADSB integrity reports (either from the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-27-2015, 07:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,605
Posted By gblanck
That explains things...

Does this explains why I'm seeing "NO ADSB" on my recent flight after upgrading to 10.10 on my G3x? I didn't see any notes about this in the change notes?
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-03-2015, 09:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,346
Posted By gblanck
Use without Garmin Pilot?

Will the compliance check features be available to those of use that don't use Garmin Pilot (eg. on G3x or the free standalone iPad GDL39 utlilty)?
-Greg
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-22-2015, 12:03 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 865
Posted By gblanck
Drilled -8 steel AN cap fitting?

I have a oil drain port tee-d in to my firewall mounted oil cooler with a standard -8 AN steel tee fitting. I'm looking for a steel cap for that fitting that's drilled for a safety wire. I can find...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-01-2014, 09:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,994
Posted By gblanck
1-11/32 on current (disc) plans

Current plans from Van's (on disc) show 1-11/32. At $10 its well worth it to get current, high quality drawings.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-02-2014, 12:02 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,768
Posted By gblanck
batteries at Osh

We also found ourselves with a dead battery at Oshkosh this year. It appears we left the TCW backup battery switched on and drained the main Odyssey PC680 through the always-on backup battery charge...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-14-2014, 07:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,228
Posted By gblanck
Momentary up & down with VPx

I just finished swapping out the flap switch in my infinity grip from the "MOM-OFF-ON" style to "MOM-OFF-MOM". With a short taxi to the hangar, we tended to leave the switch in the "up" on position...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-01-2014, 09:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,281
Posted By gblanck
We also ran all our firewall forward lines on the...

We also ran all our firewall forward lines on the left side with nothing going through the baggage area at all. Some of the runs are longer- particularly EGT & CHT. Look here:...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2014, 12:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,884
Posted By gblanck
norcal bonanza advanced formation clinic

That was one of the flights from the beech advanced formation clinic running out of KMCC.

I was there this afternoon for a couple of flights in my RV-8 (bonanza down getting new cylinders, but RV...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-29-2014, 12:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,643
Posted By gblanck
We did both 3pt and wheel landings in transition...

We did both 3pt and wheel landings in transition training with Mike Seager, but far more focus on 3pt.

After 30+ hours in our RV-8 now I find 3-point landings work just fine, and I'm still more...
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-08-2014, 12:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,778
Posted By gblanck
3m 5200

I used 3M 5200 s as a cosmetic edge seal/fill between my canopy and skirt. I used SikaFlex to attach the canopy to the frame, and skirt to the canopy, but ran out when it was time to do clean up the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2014, 06:47 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,148
Posted By gblanck
Other than climbout, no problem at all keeping up...

Other than climbout, no problem at all keeping up (it was my turbonormalized IO550 powered A-36). Jason was climbing much better than 2000fpm, and the bonanza can't sustain that- specially with...
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